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21 Ratings

The White Crow

Directed by Ralph Fiennes
United Kingdom, France, 2018
Biography, Drama


The incredible true story of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who transformed the world of ballet forever. From his poverty-stricken childhood in a Soviet city, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his escape from the KGB and defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.

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The White Crow Directed by Ralph Fiennes
The problem is that while there are dance performances scattered throughout “The White Crow,” as well as interludes with a sweaty Rudy practicing and striving, the offstage scenes tend to feel like filler, the bits stuck between the barre and the theater.
April 25, 2019
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Fiennes and Hare’s discretion emphasize cultural appreciation over politics, which ultimately unbalances the narrative: When Nureyev makes his 1961 defection, the meaning of the event - confirming memories of The Raft - doesn’t have the dramatic impact they should.
April 24, 2019
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The fact that Fiennes’ [Russian] delivery not only carries notes of lilting dramatic understatement but is entirely intelligible without subtitles is a testament to the actor’s tremendous (and often underappreciated) command of his voice. But the subtleties of the Pushkin scenes are lost on a film that, more often than not, feels tepidly respectable and stiff.
April 24, 2019
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